The St. Louis Cardinals have little time left in spring and this means that several prospects are running out of time to make the opening day roster.
The St. Louis Cardinals will soon depart Spring Training and go to the great white north to play their final exhibition games before kicking off the official start to the season. This means that time is running out for promising prospects to make an impression. Lucky for them, the front office and Mike Matheny are giving them plenty of chances to impress.
With the regulars seemingly in stone, prospects are fighting for spots both in the pitching corp and on the bench. The opening day lineup looks to be set as such:
Dexter Fowler, RF
Tommy Pham, CF
Matt Carpenter, 1B
Marcell Ozuna, LF
Paul DeJong, SS
Jedd Gyorko, 3B
Kolten Wong, 2B
The actual construction of the lineup order might be different than what is listed above, but the positions seem set. That said, Carpenter- if his back/shoulder health will allow- could appear at third base with Jose Martinez getting the start at first.
While questions do remain about several names above, these seem to be the foregone conclusions at these positions.
As related to pitching, the following seems to be the set rotation breaking camp:
As with the position players, the actual order of the names above might be different but the names slotted are less likely to change. That comes with one caveat: Jack Flaherty. Flaherty could spell a bump to Mikolas and/or Flaherty could cause the St. Louis Cardinals to push a 6-man rotation.
The information above leaves many names with questions still attached. Let’s take a look at the remaining names and whether they should break camp with the St. Louis Cardinals or not.